A Syrian man has been charged by German prosecutors with second degree murder over the stabbing of a Cuban-German citizen last year that set off the w
A Syrian man has been charged by German prosecutors with second degree murder over the stabbing of a Cuban-German citizen last year that set off the worst far-right riots in decades.
Prosecutors said on Tuesday the suspect, identified only as Alaa S. under German privacy laws, stabbed carpenter Daniel Hillig during a quarrel in the eastern city of Chemnitz in August.
Hillig was stabbed 25 times at a festival after withdrawing money from a cashpoint.
Alaa S. (left) has been charged with murder over the August fatal stabbing of Daniel Hillig (right) in Chemnitz, Germany
People took part in a march of silence organized by the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party, carrying German flags and portraits of alleged victims of refugee violence on September 1 2018
News of the 35-year-old’s death quickly spread via social media and sparked protest marches that quickly escalated into racist mob violence.
Clashes took place between neo-Nazis and police as well as demonstrations by far-right groups opposed to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to welcome almost 1 million asylum seekers.
The violence highlighted the depth of a divide created by Merkel’s decision to let in the refugees, mostly Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Several people were injured during the protests, during which participants chanted ‘We are the People’ and the Nazi-era term ‘Luegenpresse’ (lying press) while displaying placards that read ‘Stop the refugee flood’ and ‘Defend Europe’.
The murder Daniel Hillig was seized upon by the far-right in its campaign against migrants
Pyrotechnics and other objects hurled from both sides left several people injured and requiring hospital treatment, said police, who moved in water canon and urged the crowds to remain calm
German authorities have also issued an international arrest warrant for an Iraqi suspect, identified as Farhad R.A, who is on the run after going into hiding after the incident in Chemnitz.
He is also suspected of stabbing the Cuban-German victim.
Prosecutors said on Tuesday they would soon make a decision on their case against Iraqi national Yousif Ibrahim A, 22, who is a third suspect in the killing.
Ibrahim who was freed on bail by a court in September, pending further inquiries.